JAY-Z :: The "4:44" era

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Postby TIfan » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:04 am

Come thru Jay-Z. 21 years later.
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Postby thebigham » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:20 pm

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=307413

Monday, July 10, 2017

NEW RELEASES: JAY IS SMOKIN' (UPDATE)

Since the first week after a Tidal exclusive will count as its debut, here's how it's looking for Jay-Z's new 4:44 as it goes wide, and a couple of other new releases.

Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Def Jam) 215-240k SPS, 165-180k album
21 Savage (Slaughter Gang/Epic) 60-70k, 16-19k
HAIM (Columbia) 30-35k, 25-28k

4:44 has been parked at #1 on the iTunes album chart since it became available early Friday, followed by 21 Savage and HAIM. Jay also has the top album and seven of the Top 10 tracks at Apple Music, and both the #1 CD and the #1 download on Amazon. As we previously noted, the set isn't currently available on Spotify.
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Postby Shayonce » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:51 am

1. The Story Of O.J.
4. 4:44 (-1)
5. Kill Jay Z
6. Family Feud (+1)
7. Smile
9. Bam (-1)
10. Caught Their Eyes (-1)
16. Moonlight (-1)
18. Marcy Me (+1)
26. Legacy (-2)

also #1 album in UK apple music
18. 4:44 (+3)
27. The Story Of O.J.(+3)
37. Kill Jay Z (+3)
43. Bam (+2)
46. Smile (+3)
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Postby thebigham » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:14 pm

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=307452

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

YOUR TOP 20: 4:44 ARRIVAL

Jay-Z makes his official debut on the chart this week, where he'll be a resounding #1. Newcomer 21 Savage and sibling act HAIM are the week's other key bows.

1. (*) Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Def Jam) 230-250k SPS, 170-180k album
2. (*) 21 Savage (Slaughter Gang/Epic) 70-75k, 17-20k
3. Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Interscope) 50-55k, 10-12k
4. DJ Khaled (We The Best/Epic) 50-55k, 8-9k
5. Calvin Harris (Columbia) 35-40k, 4-6k
6. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) 30-35k, 10-12k
7. Imagine Dragons (Kidinakorner/Interscope) 30-35k, 12-15k
8. (*) HAIM (Columbia) 28-32k, 27-30k
9. Bruno Mars (Atlantic) 28-32k, 10-12k
10. 2 Chainz (Def Jam) 28-32k, 4-6k

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Postby thebigham » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:24 pm

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/08/jay-z-444-platinum/

How Jay-Z’s “4:44″ went platinum instantly and why it’s meaningless
by MATTHEW ROZSA

When metrics shift and records are bought in bulk by corporations, a questionable honor becomes fully hollow

Jay-Z’s new, titanic, essential album “4:44″ was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) less than a week after its release. Yet does it even matter, as it surely would have only a few years ago?

In the same article in which it announced that “4:44″ became a platinum album (i.e., selling at least 1 million units), Variety explains how the RIAA’s method of determining platinum status has evolved in the past several years.

“The RIAA began incorporating streaming numbers into album certifications on Feb. 1, 2016, using a formula similar to that of Nielsen Music’s whereby 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale (the organization began incorporating streaming numbers into single certifications in 2013),” Variety writes.

Interestingly, “4:44″ was first released exclusively to customers of Sprint and Tidal, which raises the possibility that it didn’t achieve platinum status due to individual customer purchases alone. As one source told Variety, “a sale counts toward a certification if purchased directly by the customer — or a business can purchase the album or song and offer it to fans, who must take affirmative steps to acquire the album or song. Fans participated, took action and downloaded Jay-Z’s album offered by Sprint.”

In other words, distributors for “4:44″ could have purchased the album in bulk — perhaps even more than a million copies of it — and then given it away, thereby allowing it to reach platinum status instantly. This was what happened with Jay-Z in 2013 with “Magna Carta: Holy Grail,” when Samsung bought 1 million downloads and gave them away for free to Galaxy smartphone owners three days before it was released to the general public.

It certainly doesn’t help appearances that the photograph of Jay-Z’s platinum plaque presentation was taken before the album was even released.

Again, this doesn’t prove that Tidal or anyone artificially inflated Jay-Z’s numbers, despite Samsung’s previous activities. Indeed, Roc Nation has told Billboard that the platinum status was only given to reflect 1 million downloads, not any of the streams. That said, if doubt can be plausibly raised about the authenticity of an album’s platinum status, doesn’t that suggest that the standard itself is outdated?

In the case of “4:44,” it’s noteworthy that, as it had a one-week exclusivity deal with Tidal, it was limited in terms of initial sales regardless of whether it achieved platinum status through that medium or not.

Now, it’s always been easy to suppose that there is a fundamental problem in holding platinum status as truly meaningful. There are countless albums that went platinum, stayed on the billboard charts for a few weeks and then quickly faded from our cultural consciousness. Similarly, there are plenty of albums and songs that retained devout followings despite never achieving platinum status, or which took years to take off with their intended market.

Today, it’s become even more questionable to attempt to quantify the inherently unquantifiable — such as the cultural impact of a particular song or album — given that we can clearly see that the numbers here have become even more fungible. This isn’t to say that those financial figures aren’t important, but rather that they shouldn’t carry weight beyond the boardrooms. Attaching a level of profundity to their significance, and thereby confusing commercial success with more culturally meaningful achievements, seems more and more pointless.

If Jay-Z’s latest album has indeed been downloaded over 1 million times, then he deserves to be congratulated for reaching that milestone. That doesn’t mean that the rest of us shouldn’t raise an eyebrow at the unusual speed and circumstances surrounding that achievement, however, or question whether we should even care. Either way, both the man and the album are legendary with or without a shiny platinum record in a frame.

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.
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Postby Biebz » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:11 am

New Zealand Top 40:

10 (NEW) 1 4:44
my reputation's never been worse so you must like me for me
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Postby Biebz » Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:03 pm

UK OCC:

3 (NEW) 1 4:44
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Postby Hugo » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:22 am

HDD

-- 1 JAY-Z 4:44 ROC NATION 175,441 --

-- 1 JAY-Z 4:44 ROC NATION 277,601 --
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Postby Shayonce » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:00 am

Biebz wrote:UK OCC:

3 (NEW) 1 4:44
3 JAY Z 12,980

JAY Z - The Blueprint 3 396,018
Jay-Z had sold 3,230,812 albums in the UK prior to the release of 4:44.

73 JAY Z [4.44] 4,876
88 JAY Z [The Story of O.J] 3,975

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Postby Shayonce » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:23 am

Urban
34 JAY-Z 4:44 845 181 +664 5.652m

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34 JAY-Z 4:44 772 110 +662 3.994m
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Postby TruthBae » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:44 am

thebigham wrote:
How Jay-Z’s “4:44″ went platinum instantly and why it’s meaningless
by MATTHEW ROZSA

When metrics shift and records are bought in bulk by corporations, a questionable honor becomes fully hollow

Jay-Z’s new, titanic, essential album “4:44″ was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) less than a week after its release. Yet does it even matter, as it surely would have only a few years ago?

In the same article in which it announced that “4:44″ became a platinum album (i.e., selling at least 1 million units), Variety explains how the RIAA’s method of determining platinum status has evolved in the past several years.

“The RIAA began incorporating streaming numbers into album certifications on Feb. 1, 2016, using a formula similar to that of Nielsen Music’s whereby 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale (the organization began incorporating streaming numbers into single certifications in 2013),” Variety writes.

Interestingly, “4:44″ was first released exclusively to customers of Sprint and Tidal, which raises the possibility that it didn’t achieve platinum status due to individual customer purchases alone. As one source told Variety, “a sale counts toward a certification if purchased directly by the customer — or a business can purchase the album or song and offer it to fans, who must take affirmative steps to acquire the album or song. Fans participated, took action and downloaded Jay-Z’s album offered by Sprint.”

In other words, distributors for “4:44″ could have purchased the album in bulk — perhaps even more than a million copies of it — and then given it away, thereby allowing it to reach platinum status instantly. This was what happened with Jay-Z in 2013 with “Magna Carta: Holy Grail,” when Samsung bought 1 million downloads and gave them away for free to Galaxy smartphone owners three days before it was released to the general public.

It certainly doesn’t help appearances that the photograph of Jay-Z’s platinum plaque presentation was taken before the album was even released.

Again, this doesn’t prove that Tidal or anyone artificially inflated Jay-Z’s numbers, despite Samsung’s previous activities. Indeed, Roc Nation has told Billboard that the platinum status was only given to reflect 1 million downloads, not any of the streams. That said, if doubt can be plausibly raised about the authenticity of an album’s platinum status, doesn’t that suggest that the standard itself is outdated?

In the case of “4:44,” it’s noteworthy that, as it had a one-week exclusivity deal with Tidal, it was limited in terms of initial sales regardless of whether it achieved platinum status through that medium or not.

Now, it’s always been easy to suppose that there is a fundamental problem in holding platinum status as truly meaningful. There are countless albums that went platinum, stayed on the billboard charts for a few weeks and then quickly faded from our cultural consciousness. Similarly, there are plenty of albums and songs that retained devout followings despite never achieving platinum status, or which took years to take off with their intended market.

Today, it’s become even more questionable to attempt to quantify the inherently unquantifiable — such as the cultural impact of a particular song or album — given that we can clearly see that the numbers here have become even more fungible. This isn’t to say that those financial figures aren’t important, but rather that they shouldn’t carry weight beyond the boardrooms. Attaching a level of profundity to their significance, and thereby confusing commercial success with more culturally meaningful achievements, seems more and more pointless.

If Jay-Z’s latest album has indeed been downloaded over 1 million times, then he deserves to be congratulated for reaching that milestone. That doesn’t mean that the rest of us shouldn’t raise an eyebrow at the unusual speed and circumstances surrounding that achievement, however, or question whether we should even care. Either way, both the man and the album are legendary with or without a shiny platinum record in a frame.

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.
And Jay had posed with the RIAA 444 platinum plaque prior to the album even being released on Tidal. If that isn't dodgy I don't know what is.

Also his prospective sales forecast isn't that impressive for someone of his caliber. I was shocked how low the pure sales are estimated at. Although SPS figure does make things look a lot more respectable
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Postby Nippian93 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:19 pm

Billboard 200: #1(new) @S_C_, '4:44' 262,000 (174,000 in pure sales).

JAY-Z collects his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest release, 4:44, debuts atop the tally. According to Nielsen Music, in the week ending July 13, the set earned 262,000 equivalent album units -- a larger-than-initially-expected sum, and the fourth-largest week of 2017 for any album. Of its total, 174,000 units were in traditional album sales.

4:44’s No. 1 arrival extends JAY-Z’s record as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200 chart. He distances himself farther ahead of the two acts with the second-most leaders among soloists: Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, who each have 11 chart-toppers. Among all acts, JAY-Z has the second-most leaders, behind only The Beatles, which have 19 No. 1s.

JAY-Z also furthers his own record as the artist with the most debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as all 14 of his albums have bowed in the top slot. (Springsteen has the second-most No. 1 debuts, with eight.)

4:44 was initially issued on June 30 (via S. Carter Enterprises/Roc Nation) for one week of streaming exclusivity through Tidal. However, Tidal did not report data for the album to Nielsen Music for the week ending July 6, so the album did not debut on the July 22-dated chart. (In addition, by July 2, the album was also offered as a free download -- sponsored by Sprint -- via the web site 444.tidal.com. The free downloads were ineligible to chart, per Billboard’s current pricing policy.)

Then, on July 7, the album became widely available to most streaming services (but not Spotify, as JAY-Z pulled his catalog from the service in April) and to retailers as both a download and CD (with three bonus tracks).

Overall, 4:44’s launch of 262,000 units grants the album the fourth-largest week of 2017, behind the debuts of Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. (603,000 units), Drake’s More Life (505,000) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (451,000).

Of 4:44’s 174,000 sales in the week ending July 13, the set sold 131,000 as a download and 43,000 on CD.

Despite 4:44’s absence from Spotify, the album still generated the fourth-biggest streaming debut of 2017. Of its total 262,000-unit start, 7,000 were in TEA units, while SEA units represented 82,000 units. The latter sum equals 122.4 million streams of the album’s songs. In terms of streaming debuts in 2017, it trails only Drake’s More Life (257,000 SEA units; 384.8 million song streams), Lamar’s DAMN. (227,000 SEA units; 340.6 million song streams) and Sheeran’s ÷ (90,000 SEA units; 134.6 million song streams).
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Postby MusicLover88 » Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:14 pm

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1 (NEW) 4:44

12,000 with SPS.
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Postby Shayonce » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:18 am

Billboard US soundscan
#1 JAY-Z|4:44 173,728

Australia
3 (N) 4:44
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Postby Nippian93 » Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:57 am

Billboard Hot 100: #23(new) The Story of O.J., @S_C_. *top debut*
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Postby Nippian93 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:09 pm

Billboard Hot 100: #90(new) Marcy Me, @S_C_.

Billboard Hot 100: #86(new) Moonlight, @S_C_.

Billboard Hot 100: #63(new) Caught Their Eyes, @S_C_ Feat. Frank Ocean.

Billboard Hot 100: #56(new) Smile, @S_C_ Feat. Gloria Carter.

Billboard Hot 100: #55(new) Kill Jay Z, @S_C_.

Billboard Hot 100: #51(new) Family Feud, @S_C_ Feat. @Beyonce.

Billboard Hot 100: #47(new) Bam, @S_C_ Feat. @damianmarley.

Billboard Hot 100: #35(new) 4:44, @S_C_.
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Postby Hugo » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:16 pm

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=307555

TOP 20: HOVA-TIME AND THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jay-Z will repeat at #1 this week. The 4:44 projection remains a moving target due to the uncertainty of what Tidal will report. Epic has three titles in this week’s Top 5.

1. Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 105-120k, 64-69k
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Postby Shayonce » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:46 am

Rhythmic
61 25 JAY-Z 4:44 1165 208 +957 5.661

53 48 JAY-Z Bam f/Damian Marley 396 323 +73 3.583

Urban
62 26 JAY-Z 4:44 1209 301 +908 7.475

4:44 adds
POP 1
Rhythmic 14 (most added)
Urban 15

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Rhythmic
2 Family Feud
1 Bam
1 The Story Of O.J.

Urban
5 Family Feud
4 The Story Of O.J.
1 Kill Jay Z
1 Marcy me

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1 Smile f/Gloria Carter
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Postby Nippian93 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:09 pm

WW units: @S_C_, '4:44' 311,000 (debut).
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Postby Shayonce » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:39 am

JAY-Z — 4:44 — #1 — 262,296 (173,728) [122,417,276]
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Postby Nippian93 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:48 am

OCC Top 100 Albums

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Postby Nippian93 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:13 pm

Billboard 200: #1 @S_C_, '4:44' 87,000 (61,000 in sales l 235,000 total sales). *second week at #1*
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Postby Nippian93 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:12 pm

Billboard Hot 100: #72(-49) The Story of O.J., @S_C_ [2 weeks].

Billboard Hot 100: #61(-26) 4:44, @S_C_ [2 weeks].
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Postby thebigham » Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:43 pm

http://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=307650

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TOP 20: LABOR OF LUST

Lana Del Rey and Meek Mill remain in the lead, for now, with nearly identical full-week projections. But Tyler, the Creator closes in as a possible spoiler for #1 this week. After appearing out of the race over the weekend, sales and streams have picked up.

1. (*) Lana Del Rey (Interscope) 85-90k SPS, 60-65k album
2. (*) Meek Mill (Atlantic) 85-90k, 40-45k
3. (*) Tyler, the Creator (Odd Future/Columbia) 80-85k, 48-53k
4. Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 48-53k, 28-32k
5. (*) The Descendants 2 (Walt Disney) 45-50k, 30-35k
6. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (Warner Bros.) 40-45k, 28-32k
7. Linkin Park One More Light (Warner Bros.) 37-42k, 27-30k
8. DJ Khaled (We The Best/Epic) 35-40k, 3-5k
9. (*) Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin) 33-38k, 25-28k
10. 21 Savage (Slaughter Gang/Epic) 30-35k, 5-7k

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Postby Shayonce » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:46 am

US top sales
1. JAY-Z|4:44 60,737
total: 234,465

4:44 sold 61,000 in traditional album sales in its second week (down 65 percent from 173,000). The album was also down in streaming and track equivalencies, falling 72 percent in SEA units (22,000 -- down from 82,000) and 52 percent in TEA units (3,000 -- down from 7,000).

JAY-Z now has a cumulative total of 25 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

On-Demand Streaming Songs
#44 The Story Of O.J.

R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
27 (36) 4:44 - JAY-Z

Rap Airplay
16 (20) 4:44 - JAY-Z
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